Attractions

Ballarat Attractions

Ballarat has many beautiful buildings to visit such as The Ballarat Art Gallery, Her Majesty's Theatre (open for visits Mon-Fri Ph 5333 5800), the Town Hall , the Gold Museum and many fine homes in surrounding streets.

Places of interest include the Eureka Centre, Sovereign Hill, Ballarat Observatory, the Fine Art Gallery, the Wildlife park, plus the Botanical Gardens and Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial at Lake Wendouree

The Sunday market at the showgrounds has lots of bargains, fresh food and snacks.


Daylesford Attractions

Daylesford is beautiful, whatever the weather! Because of its European background, all the deciduous trees look  stunning! The architecture has also been influenced by the early Swiss-Italian settlers.

Places to visit include Lake Daylesford, Jubilee Lake and the Wombat Hill gardens. Hepburn has the refurbished mineral spa/bathing and health treatments centre. There are many day spas and health and beauty treatment centres in both Daylesford and Hepburn.

A visit to the Convent Gallery is worthwhile as is the Mill Market with lots of indoor stalls and a cafe. The Chocolate Mill just out of town is renowned for fine Belgian chocolates, with demonstrations at 11:00 and 2:00.

Out of town places include Lavandula and Cricket Willow at Shepherds Flat.

The Sunday market at the old rail station is interesting and great for fresh produce. A ride on the vintage train through the Wombat State Forest is fun, departing regularly throughout Sunday.

The Silver Streak "Food and Wine Train" departs from the station at 5:30pm on the first Saturday of the month, returning by 7pm. Plenty of food and drink accompanied by local musicians.

There are also many fine restaurants and cafes throughout  both Daylesford and Hepburn.

Numerous wineries in the area include: Ellender Estate, Big Shed, Zig Zag, Captain's Creek (organic wines and produce), Granite Hills, Barcaldine House, Sailors Falls Estate, Butlers Lane, Craiglee, Mt Beckworth, Eastern Peake and Curly Flat.

The first Saturday of the month sees the Farmer's Market in the grounds of the local primary school and the trash and treasure market every Sunday at the old railway station.

Daylesford
Daylesford Lake Walking Track
Lake Daylesford Boathouse
Lake Daylesford Footbridge


Creswick Attractions

Creswick is still an unspoilt country town, but growing before our eyes!  An evolving mix of shops, including our wonderful French patisserie with delicious cakes and baguettes, cafes including Red Fox Deli, Bean & Barrow (Locals night Monday nights, plus free wi-fi), Smokeytown, Bullseye Pizza cafe and the new Creswick Roasts (eat-in and takeaway). Cascade House/Twin Needles craft shop also in the main street. Goldfields Farmhouse cheeses open Friday-Sunday. Thje American Hotel offers meals everyday frm 10.30.

Places to visit include the La Gerche walk, St Georges Lake, Calambeen Lake, Park Lake (32 tennis courts, BBQ and picnic spot), Slaty Creek Reserve, old Koala Park and the forestry school is worth a walk or drive through.

The Museum is a Victorian accredited museum, staffed by volunteers and open on public holidays, weekends 11-3:30 or by appointment and is well worth a visit. Alternatively visit www.creswickmuseum.org.au

RACV Goldfields Resort / Golf complex which offers golf, tennis court hire, golf buggy hire for scenic drives around the resort and also mountain bike hire to use on the 10kms of paths & tracks around the resort.

The Creswick Woollen Mill is open 7 days a week and always has special features and sales, particularly in school holidays with viewing at alpaca feeding times plus tours of the mill. 

The fantastic Creswick market is on the third Saturday of every month at the local Neighbourhood centre from 9:00. Plenty of fresh/local produce, craft stalls and entertainment for all.

Just out of Creswick you can visit the Tangled maze, incorporating  Misty Downs Nursery. This hosts many activities including a skating rink, a Maze, cafe, mini golf and walks through the gardens,. Situated on the A300 at the Kingston turnoff.  www.tangledmaze.com.au

In the other direction, Lambley Gardens at Ascot  www.lambley.com.au and Tuki Trout farm at Smeaton.

Newlyn is on the Daylesford-Creswick road (Midland Highway or A300) and has antique shops and nurseries to visit. It is also home to the Hepburn lagoon Trail Rides.

Captains Creek organic winery at Blampied is open weekends when it also has light lunches.

Creswick
Creswick Town
St Georges Lake


Smeaton Attractions

Anderson's Mill is open on the first Sunday afternoon of the month and is very interesting. It is possible to just have a walk around at other times and enjoy the creek and the picnic spot.

Tuki Trout farm and sheep grazing property is open for visitors most days with fresh produce available and a cafe for lunch and weekend dinner.

A drive around the area shows the results of gold prospecting in the mid 1800s and the notable volcanic cones which rated highly in the RACV's 101 places to visit in Victoria.

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